April 23, 2012, 5:45 p.m.

Following the handing over of former Maoist combatants and cantonment to Nepal Army, Nepal’s peace process has come closer to its logical end and the country has certainly made a major progress in the peace process.  Despite this, the country is yet to see any real breakthrough in the constitution writing process. It seems that it will take a long time for country’s major political parties to find consensus over the fundamental questions of the constitution. One of the positive sides is that a phase of deadly violence, that erupted mysteriously in Nepal, seems to have ended mysteriously again. At the time of writing this piece, the number of combatants to be actually integrated in the army will be less than 3,000. As the deadline for the promulgation of the new constitution is coming closer, we have decided to look at the constitution writing process in this issue.  As in the past, our aim is to explain the story with another angle.  Given Nepal’s ongoing political process, what we can say now is that Nepal still needs to go a long way before finding a political stability that is so much needed for the overall development of the country. We have looked at the various forces and their roles in the constitution writing process.

Along with the cover story on constitution writing, this issue includes various articles related to Nepal’s development process as well as interviews that shed light on current issues.  We wish our readers and patrons Happy New Year 2069.









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